1. Seize First, Question Later: The Institute for Justice’s New Report on the IRS’ Abusive Civil Forfeiture Regime

    Feb 4, 2015 … Adam Bates Considering the growing controversy over the abuse of civil asset forfeiture at the ... of the practice is perfectly timed. An excerpt from the executive summary: Federal civil forfeiture ... importantly, structured funds are also subject to civil forfeiture. Civil forfeiture is the government’s power ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/seize-first-question-later-instit…rfeiture-regime

  2. Quiet Change Expands ATF Power to Seize Property

    Feb 25, 2015 … during the trial period. Historically, when the ATF uncovered contraband subject to forfeiture under drug ... statutes, it was required to either refer the property to the DEA for administrative forfeiture proceedings ... or to a U.S. Attorney in order to initiate a judicial forfeiture action.  Under today’s change, the ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/quiet-chan…-seize-property

  3. Loretta Lynch’s Worrisome Answer on Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Jan 30, 2015 … Adam Bates Referring to the federal government’s forfeiture regime as “an important tool” in ... forfeiture during the first day of her confirmation hearings. After Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) questioned the ... be heard.” Even setting aside the litany of federal civil asset forfeiture abuses that have come to ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/loretta-lynchs…sset-forfeiture

  4. When the Government Takes Things

    Feb 9, 2015 … Scott Bullock explains eminent domain and civil asset forfeiture. How can we stop government from ... about eminent domain, civil asset forfeiture, and a few very important legal cases brought by the ... development”?  Who is Susette Kelo, and why is her case special? What is civil asset forfeiture?  Why do police ...

    http://www.libertarianism.org/media/fre…nt-takes-things

  5. John Oliver on Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Oct 10, 2014 … Tim Lynch Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Civil Forfeiture (HBO) For related Cato scholarship, ... go here. 2014-10-10 21:29:57 Law and Civil Liberties asset forfeiture ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/john…sset-forfeiture

  6. Cops and the Cash They Confiscate

    Sep 7, 2014 … forfeiture laws. Here are a few of the findings from the Post investigation: There have been 61,998 cash ... 1992, Cato published “ American Forfeiture Law: When Property Owners Meet the Prosecutor.”  In 1995, ... Henry Hyde (R-IL).  In 1999, Cato held a conference titled, “ Forfeiture Reform: Now, or Never?   More ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/…they-confiscate

  7. State Thugs and the Purpose of Government

    Aug 9, 2013 … August 9, 2013- 12:04pm This New Yorker article makes the blood boil. Civil forfeiture, a system ... [A]n initiative targeted gay men for forfeiture, under Detroit’s “annoying persons” ordinance. Before ... connotations, and then, citing “nuisance abatement,” seize their vehicles. Civil forfeiture amounts, in many ...

    http://www.libertarianism.org/bl…pose-government

  8. The Fifth and Sixth Amendments Protect the Right to Counsel of Choice During Criminal Trials

    Jul 1, 2013 … increasingly using a procedure called “asset forfeiture”—which freezes assets suspected of being tied to ... accompanied by asset forfeiture orders restraining the Kaleys’ money. Because they had been indicted, the ... adversarial hearing is required in which defendants can challenge the indictment used to support forfeiture ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/fifth-sixth-amendments-p…criminal-trials

  9. Feds Take in Billions with Forfeiture Powers

    Aug 22, 2011 … assets from people who have not been convicted of a crime.  It’s called “ civil asset forfeiture ... convicted criminals as well as people never charged with a crime. Last year, forfeiture programs confiscated ... doubling in five years, Justice Department statistics show. The expansion of forfeiture powers is part of ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/feds-…rfeiture-powers

  10. Civil Forfeiture vs. Truth and Justice

    Mar 30, 2011 … Caleb O. Brown Civil asset forfeiture strikes at the heart of property rights. Authorities simply ... forfeiture, Institute for Justice, isaac reese, policing for profit, truth and justice ...

    http://www.cato.org/blog/civi…s-truth-justice

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